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First Day of School Is a Relief and a Burden for Many FamiliesAired September 5, 2000 - 2:18 p.m. ET
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LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: The school year can be a blessing for families and a curse. The children are back in school, but for parents, there's the dreaded morning rush and evening homework problems.
CNN's Anne McDermott followed two families as they start their new school year.
ANNE MCDERMOTT, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Early morning at the Reed household and the creatures are starting to stir.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Let's go.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Time to get up, Sarah.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Come on.
MCDERMOTT: But it's actually Emily who's first out of the gate, and maybe that's because she really, really likes school. And she's looking forward to her new teacher.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Mrs. Kenzle's (ph) a very nice lady. It's going to be a great year.
MCDERMOTT: That's her dad. He teaches at her school, too.
EMILY REED, FOURTH GRADER: I feel jealous when my friends get him because I want him so bad.
MCDERMOTT: She wouldn't mind having her mom, either. Tish Reed also teaches at Emily's school, but what's the worst thing about that school?
E. REED: I don't have a worst thing about school. Oh, well, math.
MCDERMOTT: By now, the rest of the family is getting up. It takes some careful choreography -- five people, one bathroom -- but it works.
And so begins a new school-year routine, a routine getting underway in lots of households, like the Wexlers. Tammy Wexler is a stay-at-home mom. So, does that mean schooldays equal free days for her? Well...
TAMMY WEXLER, PARENT: Especially these first few weeks, I'll have coffee with girlfriends, and plan to go out to breakfast, and enjoy that time with adults, away from the kids.
MCDERMOTT: But it won't be all bon-bons and begonias.
WEXLER: I've been trying to get to cleaning out the garage for a year-and-a-half now.
MCDERMOTT: As for the teaching Reeds, well, sometimes it seems that life is all school.
TRISH REED, TEACHER AND PARENT: A lot of people say: How can you deal with your own kids when you get home from being with a classroom full of them?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, how can you?
T. REED: Sometimes I go in the bedroom, and close it for a little bit, and have a little time on my own, don't I? Sometimes I do that.
E. REED: She doesn't even like care when we're fighting.
MCDERMOTT: Time for the traditional first day of school photos.
T. REED: OK, Dan. One, two, three.
MCDERMOTT: And they're off, and school is on, and summer seems very far away.
Anne McDermott, CNN, Los Angeles.
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